Thursday, March 10, 2011

I like sax.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

Okay, I like that too...

But I'm here to talk about sax--saxophone.  I play one. 

I took up piano when I was about 6 and caught on pretty quick.  A couple years later, I started playing flute (my mom kept telling me she wanted me to be like Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull--only took me about 10 years to figure out who that was...and how awesome he is).  Anyway, I played both piano and flute all through elementary school and middle school.

The first day of high school band my freshman year, Mr. S asked if there was anyone in the band that wanted to switch instruments.  My hand was the first to go up. Not that I didn't like flute, but I was a person of adventure.  I had no idea what he was going to ask me to play--he led me over to this massively huge case and opened it and I saw something like this:

A beautiful Yamaha baritone saxophone.

The next day, I was playing it in band. Took me 30 seconds to figure the thing out.

And I rocked it.  I loved that thing.

I played it in concert band, I played it in jazz band.  I played it in German band (side note:  the High School I went to has the only high school German Band in the Country)

I even marched with it.  Did the 4-mile German Fest Parade in Chicago.  Proof:

Don't be knockin' the garb. 

My sophomore year in high school I transitioned to the tenor sax.  It was MUCH lighter.

Here I am doing a solo at a concert:

And I dabbled in the soprano as well:

I played soprano sax only as often as I HAD to.  Remember this post?  Yeah, I'm as big of a fan as Kenny G as I am of poking my eyeballs with a ballpoint pen.

Going into my junior year, I transitioned yet again to the alto sax and that's what I play now.  I got a pretty shiny brand new one that year and that's the one I still play today.  Of course I don't have a picture of me playing it.  Doh.

I still play as often as I can.  I'm in a municipal band in the summers and jam out on my own every now and again.

Yes, I went to band camp.

Yes, I like sax.


  1. I'm still workin' on trying to get my mind out of the gutter!! :-) I love all of these posts! Allows me to get to know you better! You are such a great writer, Jesse! *jealous*

  2. "... and one time, at band camp..." lol

  3. Love the blast from the past pictures too. I've only heard you play once. I'm making you play it again sometime.